Pompeo expresses concern over North Korea missile tests

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCotton warns China: Crackdown on Hong Kong would be ‘grave miscalculation’ Pompeo expresses concern over North Korea missile tests Pompeo acknowledges ‘places where ISIS is more powerful today’ MORE said Tuesday that he is concerned by North Korea’s recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles and conceded that denuclearization talks with Pyongyang have suffered setbacks. 

“We haven’t gotten back to the table as quickly as we would have hoped but we’ve been pretty clear all along, we know there will be bumps along the way,” Pompeo said on “CBS This Morning” when asked about the current status of negotiations.

The interview came after the South Korean military said North Korea launched two projectiles on Friday, the latest in a series of tests of short-range missiles or other projectiles by Pyongyang since the end of July.

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Pompeo said North Korea’s testing of short-range missiles raised concerns, but pointed to North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnPompeo expresses concern over North Korea missile tests State Dept. extends travel ban to North Korea Can we do business with Kim Jong Un? Leadership analysis might give clues MORE‘s apparent openness to denuclearize.

“I wish that they would not, but in the end, Chairman Kim made a commitment to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: ‘Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list’ Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE in Singapore in June of last year where he said that he was prepared to denuclearize,” Pompeo said, referring to the first summit between Trump and Kim in 2018. 

“Our team’s effort at the State Department is to deliver that on behalf of the American people,” Pompeo continued. “President Trump’s focus is exactly that — to keep the American people safe.”

Trump and Kim participated in a second summit in February that ended early with no agreement on denuclearization. In June, Trump became the first American president to visit the Demilitarized Zone. 

Trump downplayed the test launches in early August, saying they were not a violation of the Singapore agreement but conceded there may be a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. 

Trump also predicted Kim, whom he called a friend, would come to the table. 

“Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain – the potential as a Country, under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, is unlimited,” Trump tweeted on Aug. 2. 

Pompeo said Tuesday that if the U.S. can broker a successful agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, it would be better for the North Korean people and the world.  

Pompeo is scheduled to address the United Nations Security Council later Tuesday in New York. His speech is expected to focus on Iran.

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